May 2018 Fitness Tracker

Not too bad considering I started working out mid-May.

~ 15 May 9:22pm 47:00 *230cal Ave104 Max126 FB Upper body + Abs compound exercise — After a 30 day break
~ 17 May 6:27pm 53:00 *408cal Ave130 Max157 FBFit2 Day15 HIIT + Strength — this is a tough one!
~ 20 May 6:04pm 43:00 *273 Ave117 Max148 FBFit2 Day16 Fat burning cardio workout — wore new shoes Nike Air Zoom Dynamic TR
~ 22 May 9:14pm 50:00 *302cal Ave114 Max140 FBFit2 Day17 Strength (skipped the 15min HIIT) — feels good to tire out the muscles.
~ 24 May 6:50pm 39:00 *338cal Ave139 Max162 FBFit2 Day18 Fat burning cardio — considering I had KFC for late lunch I should do another 30 mins of jumping jacks
~ 25 May 9:39pm 40:00 *274cal Ave122 Max153 FB Best butt workout — Supposed to be 1000 calorie workout in the schedule but fitness level not up to it.
~ 26 May 5:30pm 47:00 *209cal Ave99 Max121 FB Upper body strength workout — Got to be careful not to drop dumbbells on my face/head
~ 28 May 5:44pm 1:01:00 *393cal Ave118 Max153 FBFit2 Day 22 Lower body strength — chest and tricep muscles still sore from the last upper body strength workout.
~ 29 May 5:42pm 51:00 *260cal Ave106 Max147 FBFit2 Day23 Upper body strength + 7-min extra credit bodyweight cardio
~ 31 May 9:25pm 45:00 *280cal Ave116 Max143 FB Lower body strength + endurance

What now?

In the courses that I teach I often have consultation sessions with my students to give them feedback or allow them the opportunity to ask questions. Most of the time the 15-20 minute sessions are pretty straightforward but occasionally a session may end up being a counselling session — actually more of a listening session because I don’t have any advice or solution to offer the student.

One month ago, I spoke with three persons, all ambitious wanting to be in positions of influence that allow them the platform to make a difference in the field, but somehow find themselves stuck.

Jason
He is pursuing a master degree but he feels that this qualification alone is not enough of a stepping stone to garner enough respect and recognition to achieve his dream. But due to family and circumstances, pursuing a PhD is not a realistic option. But he believes that with a PhD, his message will be heard, and the population of people that he’s advocating for will get the support that they need. But the sacrifices that he and his family will have to make in order for him to pursue a PhD are too great. There are certain hurdles to pursue a local PhD – lack of research experience, the length and instability of a part-time PhD. But the cost of an oversea PhD is prohibitive.

Jonathan
He feels that he’s currently not in a position where he can have an influence in the school. He hopes a master degree will add weight to his voice but realizes that it may not make a marked difference because the din of tradition and preference for the familiar in the organisation drowns out the voices calling out for meaningful change. He doesn’t know whether in 10 years he’ll be in that position. He feels stuck but going to another organisation may not be a real way out. He thinks that maybe if he can get a position at the teacher training institute, he may have an impact as a teacher trainer. I joked that he’s talking about my job but I often don’t feel like an agent of change at all.

Joni
She is stuck in a position where she does not feel that she’s valued by her organization. Her annual appraisal makes her feel like she’s a mediocre worker in her organisation even though she puts in a lot of effort to keep the giant organisational mechanism running smoothly. But her own career progression are neglected because there’s not enough hours in the work day. She has given up trying to meet the unrealistic expectations that have been placed on her. She contemplates leaving, but lacks courage.

When I hear stories like these, I think back about the time when I first thought of applying to do a PhD in the US, and went on to pursue that and finally achieved that dream. Where did all my chutzpah come from? So bold and courageous. But I sense that this boldness and courage are slowly fading away…

April 2018 Fitness Tracker

Not a great workout month. May 2018 is not starting out well either.

~ 3 Apr 9:30pm 45:00 *384cal Ave138 Max166 FB Fun and Brutal HIIT & Total Body Strength Workout — This is a kick butt workout. Should do this more often
~ 8 Apr 5:17pm 46:00 *279cal Ave115 Max147 FB Lower body strength and endurance challenge
~ 10 Apr 9:54pm 42:01 *226cal Ave108 Max132 FBFit2 Day 12 Upper body strength
~ 17 Apr 10:20pm 35min FBFit2 Day 13 Relaxing stretching workout — falling behind on my workouts again 🙁